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Amazon Fire TV in the US and Canada gets TikTok (November 1)


The new Amazon Fire TV is presented at a media event showcasing new Amazon products in San Francisco, California on September 16, 2015. REUTERS / Beck Diefenbach

Nov. 1 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said on Monday that the TikTok short video sharing app is now available on its Amazon Fire TV devices in the United States and Canada.

The TV app will activate play and pause commands with the voice remote for Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant. TikTok will also soon be available on the online retailer’s Echo Show devices, the Amazon Fire TV blog said.

Users of the app can already use it on Google TV and Android TV in some European countries.

Known for its viral dance videos and trends, TikTok has been criticized for describing the trend of “sneaky licks” that has caused students to rob or vandalize schools. (https://reut.rs/3jX2r6b)

The social media company, owned by Beijing-based internet technology company ByteDance, also told U.S. lawmakers it is not giving information to the Chinese government about data security concerns. (https://reut.rs/3mBCawd)

Report by Chavi Mehta in Bangalore; Editing by Aditya Soni

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